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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrate the 4th and Honor Those Who Served

Souvenier of 4th of July
Sent to Mrs. Soto at 1271 Mastic Street, San Jose, California - June 22, 1909

Known as the Fourth of July or Independence Day, this day has been celebrated as the birth of American independence since 1776 when, during the American Revolution, the delegates of the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. I have two known ancestors who served as patriots in the American Revolution.

  • Ralph Regan, my 4th great-grandfather, was in the N. C. Militia and was known to have fought as a lieutenant in the Battle at Moores Creek Bridge.

  • John Giddens, another 4th great-grandfather, served in the N.C. Minutemen.

So today, think for a moment about those ancestors who fought so hard for independence and what we are celebrating.

Happy Fourth!


© 2013



July 4th — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts. (n.d.). — History Made Every Day — American & World History. Retrieved July 4, 2013, from

Moss, B. G. (1992). Roster of the patriots in the battle of Moores Creek Bridge. Blacksburg, S.C.: Scotia-Hibernia Press.

Office of the State Comptroller, Military Papers - Revolutionary War Army Accounts, State Archives of North Carolina, Volume V, Page 40, Folio 3.

Souvenier of 4th of July. 1909. Postcard. John to Mrs. Soto, 1271 Mastic Street, San Jose, California, privately held by Diana Quinn, Virginia.

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